Chapter 5 Gatsby blog notes


Why does Gatsby deliver so many goods and services to Nick's house?

  • Gats delivers "a man in a raincoat, dragging a lawn-mower" and "a greenhouse...with innumerable receptacles to contain it"- meeting between himself+ Daisy being heald at Nick's house- reader knows chap 1= "weather-beaten bungalow at eighty a month"= immensely underwhealming+ unimpressive compared to Gats mansion next door- reason Gats choses to send excessive amounts of goods + services+ wants to impress Daisy
  • why hold meeting at Nick's when mansion is next door+ could save expense?- Jordan chap4 "He wants her to see his house"- Why?- took Gats "just three years to earn the money" to buy mansion+ did to impress Daisy
  • Daisy rejected 5 years ago coz he didn't have enough money to provide for her+ didn't have high enough status- he spent years building reputation+ staying on trend+ buying excessive luxuary amounts
  • setting up meeting next door- lets Daisy become impressed by outside+ easy way of moving meeting to his house 

How does pathetic fallacy work in this chapter? What does it suggest about Gatsby and Daisy's relationship?

  • Pathetic fallacy used to show ever changing nature of Gats+Daisy's relationship
  • "the day agreed upon was pouring with rain"- from outset reader senses relationship cursed with bad luck- shows Gat's nerves about impending meeting
  • afterwards "The rain cooled about half-past three to a damp mist"- Gats isn't as much of nervous wreck as was before this point- feels satisfied with way Nick's house looks inside+outside
  • Daisy arrives "damp mist" morphs into rain: "her voice was a wild tonic in the rain"- arrival re-ignites Gats anxieties
  • Later on, Gats knocks on Nick's front door (too scared be in livingroom when Daisy arrive)- he "stalks" into hall + "dissappears" into livingroom to meet Daisy, Nick= "I pulled the door to against the increasing rain"- shows increasing tension in relationship+ increasing adrenaline in Gatsby- shortly after Gats "this is a terrible mistake" + Nick leaves him alone with Daisy- Nick= "once more it was pouring", idea of climax of romantic tension between Daisy+ Gats- sense climax coz "after half an hour the sun shone again"
  • "the sun shone again"- change in Gats + Daisy relationship- evident when Nick makes "every possible noise in the kitchen" + declairs "I don't believe they heard a sound"
  • conversation between Daisy+ Gats never revealed- reader sense what transitioned between coz reactions- "every vestige of embarrasment was gone", "Daisy's face was smeared with tears and when I came in she jumped up and began wiping at it with her handkercheif"+ Gats "he literally glowed; without a word or a gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room"- infer they tried to cram 5 lost years into a single convo
  • further proven later- Daisy one of most misleading quotes in novel "They're such beautiful shirts, she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. It makes me sad because I've never seen such-such beautiful shirts before"- Daisy isn't upset about the shirts, she's…


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